Skyview girls, boys sneak by Homer

Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2007

Skyview’s first rally was incredulous enough. The second was an overtime game-winner.

Playing for a festive audience on Senior Night, the Lady Panthers beat Homer, 58-55, in overtime Friday night in Northern Lights Conference girls basketball action.

Skyview made its final four field goals and erased a four-point deficit in the final 40 seconds of regulation, then wiped out a five-point deficit in the final 40 seconds of overtime without missing any of three shots.

In the nightcap, Skyview’s boys trimmed Homer, 41-35.

Junior Reba Temple, Homer’s 6-foot-3 stalwart in the middle, scored the last of her 19 points on a putback with 59.8 seconds left in OT to give Homer a 55-50 lead. But senior Melissa Fay drained a 3-pointer off the right wing with 37 seconds showing, then Casee Penrod got a steal from Allison Horazdovsky.

An offensive rebound score by Fay knotted the game at 55, and the home crowd’s roar grew louder when senior Nicole Van Ryzin stole the ensuing inbounds pass, and bounced a pass to Fay who scored with 16 seconds left for a 57-55 lead. The stunned Homer squad got two looks, the last by Temple before Fay grabbed a rebound and sank a final free throw with five seconds left.

“I was right behind (Rachel) Bornheimer,” Van Ryzin said of the winning steal. “I just stepped in front and anticipated the pass.”

In capturing their first NLC contest, the Skyview girls (8-10 overall, 1-5 NLC) were actually facing an even larger deficit. The Lady Mariners (9-10, 4-3 NLC) made 10 of their first 13 shots and eventually led 25-8 less than three minutes into the second period.

“With our defense, we never lose faith,” said Van Ryzin. “Even when we were down 22-7 we kept working.”

Van Ryzin and Fay combined for 52 points, with Fay dropping in six 3-pointers and 27 points and Van Ryzin scoring 25 on 10-for-23 floor shooting. Along with senior guard Chelsea Martin’s defense, the Skyview trio was lethal in the final four minutes of regulation and the OT.

Homer led 44-39 with less than four minutes left in regulation after Claire Siekaniec’s drive through the lane. But Van Ryzin scored seven points in the final 2:07 and Fay’s 3-pointer from left of the top of the key cut the deficit to 48-47 with 38.1 seconds to go.

A foul shot by senior Erika Gavenus gave the Lady Mariners a two-point edge with 32.3 to go, but Van Ryzin fed Martin for her only field goal with 20 ticks showing to send the game to overtime.

Homer’s final chance was two foul shots with 9.2 seconds left. Skyview had a heaved 3-pointer bang off the glass and front rim at the horn.

“Its our seniors,” Skyview head coach Ronnie Kier said through his own exhaustion of the seven points in 21 seconds to cap overtime. “We’ve put the pressure on them to lead this team, and they showed why they are our leaders tonight.”

Tied at 49 with 10.8 seconds to go in regulation, Kier and his team knew during a timeout that Homer would go to Temple for a potential game-winner. However, she never saw the ball through the guard of senior Alex West.

“We told Alex they’d come after her,” Kier said. “We told her not to give up ground. Reba is as good as anyone in the state from the blocks, and we did a great job making sure they went to someone else.”

The Lady Mariners’ next option became Bornheimer, who drew a foul but couldn’t sink either of the foul shots. Homer finished the evening 11-for-23 from the foul line.

Horazdovsky added 15 points and Siekaniec, who fouled out just before the end of regulation, scored 11 for Homer.

Homer won the board battle 46-32, with Temple claiming 21. Skyview’s weapon was better ball-handling, committing just nine turnovers to Homer’s 20.

West led Skyview with 10 rebounds and Fay had six. Martin left the game with a neck injury with 4:56 to go in the third period but returned midway into the fourth quarter and provided an instant spark with her poise and trademark defense.

“Reba had five shots in the second half and overtime,” said Homer co-head coach Tim Daugharty. “We saw that defensively and it had an affect. We didn’t execute in the end, and that was the difference.”

Skyview boys 41, Homer 35

Skyview’s boys continued their progression of improved defense and missed just one field goal attempt in the final period to bury the Mariners.

“We have dedicated ourselves to defense,” said Skyview head coach Red Goodwin. “We’ve been holding teams to the 30s and 40s. Now we’ve got to score.”

Goodwin said the Panthers don’t have trouble executing their offense, just trouble scoring after the execution nets the shots they desire.

“That’s our trouble — scoring the ball,” Goodwin said.

Homer’s trouble was even worse. After creeping in front 7-2 after the first quarter, Homer stayed frigid and finished the evening shooting 26.7 percent (12-for-45), including 15.3 percent (4-for-26) from 3-point range.

Richie Shirnberg scored 14 points and Gregor Bosick 13 for the Panthers (6-11, 2-4 NLC). Skyview out-rebounded Homer 31-25, with David Blossom claiming 10 and Shirnberg seven.

Homer (3-16, 0-7 NLC) was led by Jesse Leman with eight points and Michael Fielding with eight rebounds.

Trailing 17-11 in the last two minutes of the first half, Skyview worked its way ahead 28-21 one possession into the fourth period capped by Shirnberg’s drive down the lane to a one-handed dunk.

Homer eventually tied it at 34 on Corey Sutherland’s 3-pointer. But Bosick sank a 3-pointer from the right corner with 30 seconds to go, then added four free throws over the final 18.7 seconds.

“Skyview played real good right to the end,” said Homer coach Mark Casseri. “A couple of shots fell for Skyview at the end, and that was the difference.”

Friday girls

PANTHERS 58, MARINERS 55

Homer 20 9 8 12 6 —55

Skyview 7 16 9 17 9 —58

HOMER (55) — Bornheimer 2 1-8 5, Weaver 0 0-0 0, J. Temple 0 0-0 0, Gavenus 1 3-4 5, Horazdovsky 5 3-6 15, Siekaniec 4 3-4 11, R. Temple 9 1-1 19. Totals — 21 11-23 55.

SKYVIEW (58) — Graves 0 0-0 0, Martin 1 0-0 2, Massey 1 0-0 2, Penrod 0 0-0 0, Fay 7 7-10 27, Van Ryzin 10 5-6 25, Mercier 1 0-0 2, West 0 0-0 0, Meyer 0 0-0 0. Totals — 20 12-16 58.

3-point goals — Homer 2 (Horazdovsky 2); Skyview 6 (Fay 6). Total fouls — Homer 16, Skyview 17. Fouled out — Siekaniec.

Friday boys

PANTHERS 41, MARINERS 35

Homer 7 10 4 14 —35

Skyview 2 10 14 15 —41

HOMER (35) — McWilliams 0 0-0 0, Ketelle 1 3-3 6, Sutherland 2 0-0 5, Edens 0 0-0 0, Leman 3 1-1 8, Tutt 2 1-2 5, Gilbert 1 0-0 3, Parker 0 0-0 0, Treiweiller 0 0-0 0, Layland 2 0-0 4, Fielding 2 0-0 4. Totals— 13 5-6 35.

SKYVIEW (41) — Thornton 0 0-0 0, Dallmann 1 2-2 5, Hatten 0 3-4 3, Nelson 0 0-0 0, Bosick 3 5-7 13, Blossom 3 0-2 6, Singleton 0 0-0 0, Shirnberg 6 2-4 14. Totals — 13 12-19 41.

3-point goals — Homer 4 (Ketelle, Sutherland, Leman, Gilbert); Skyview 3 (Dallmann, Bosick 2).

Total fouls — Homer 20, Nikiski 13. Fouled out — none.



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